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Immunisation issues for Indigenous Australian children

Menzies, Robert and Andrews, Ross M. (2014). Immunisation issues for Indigenous Australian children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health,50(10):E21-E25.

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Title Immunisation issues for Indigenous Australian children
Author Menzies, Robert
Andrews, Ross M.
Journal Name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 50
Issue Number 10
ISSN 1034-4810   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84908226349
Start Page E21
End Page E25
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Vaccination has provided major benefits to the health of indigenous children in the face of continuing poorer socioe-conomic conditions but several issues have been identified for improvement. While indigenous children are vaccinated at high rates for the standard schedule vaccines, vaccination is more commonly delayed. Coverage for ‘targeted’ vaccines is substantially lower, and data on coverage for indigenous adolescents is non-existent. Improved identification of indigenous clients by immunisation providers and the expansion of the childhood register are required. The progressive removal of early-acting Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines from schedules for indigenous children because of an international shortage raises the risk of disease re-emergence and highlights the need for vigilant surveillance including carriage. The expanded use of existing vaccines (influenza) and early adoption of new vaccines (higher valency pneumococcal conjugates) are needed to maximise benefits, in particular the potential to impact on non-invasive disease such as otitis media and non-bacteraemic pneumonia that are so prevalent in indigenous children.
Keywords Indigenous people
Vaccine-preventable disease
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